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From the Principal
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:10 AM

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Dear families,

There are so many wonderful things going on at Barton right now. 
Our choir and strings programs, led by Lisa Skaff and Liz Therkildsen, performed beautifully last week at the Minneapolis Viva City Program at the Convention Center while collaborating with other student musicians from around the city.

Seventh grader, Elise Erickson-Cooley, is a state champion in gymnastics and performed some of her routine for the entire student body at our last All-school Morning Meeting.

Our plant sale generated approximately $80,000 and was made possible by a “village” of parent volunteers and staff (particularly, Felicity) who have made this event an incredible tradition and gift to our community.

Dr. Angela Osuji, one of our Uppers science teachers, honored as the president of the Igbo Women’s League, gave a keynote address over the weekend and spoke again on Monday at the state capital.  She continues to represent Barton as a leader for social justice and progressive education.

We were told that more than 25,000 students entered in the Minnesota History Day competition.  The categories included papers, performances, documentaries, websites, exhibitions, individuals, and groups.  On May 3rd, at the University of Minnesota more than 1,300 students engaged in the Minnesota State competition.  Approximately 180 Barton students got involved in MN History Day under the tutelage of Gretchen Hovan and Chuck Nelson.  More than thirty of these students qualified for the state competition.

Three Barton students – Madhav Singh, Ben Anderson, and Luke Peichel – will join 65 other 6th – 12th graders as they represent Minnesota in the National History Day competition in Washington D.C.   Wow!

These are just a few of the signs that point to the wonderful things happening for our unique learners and teachers at Barton.  There are amazing stories developing in our classrooms and hallways all year long.  We hope you all can find ways to join us in partnership in the coming year.  This community is worth celebrating!

Sincerely,

Patrick

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